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I Found One

I’m sure there are more of them around, but you just don’t find them that often.  So when I do find one I want to share it with the world.   No, it’s not a snipe.  No, it’s not a four leaf clover.  Okay, I’ll give you a clue, but it may not make it any easier to guess.  Here is what she said in front of the Arizona House of Representatives.

“I feel all life is sacred.  I firmly believe that how we legislate on abortion reflects the moral values of society, respect for life and dignity of all human beings is a core value of my beliefs.  All of us have to answer to our constituents every two years when we faced with getting re-elected, but as I have previously stated on the floor, after we leave this legislature, all of us must answer to a higher authority, and with that I vote yes.

Still can’t guess what I found?   I have found in a legislator with (D) behind her name that actually stands for life.  It’s Arizona Rep. Catherine Miranda and she made that statement in support of HB 2036, a proposed pro-life measure.

The measure would have banned abortion after 20 weeks gestation based on the wealth of medical evidence that a child has developed a strong sense of touch by at least that age, meaning they would feel the pain of dismemberment that takes place during a D&E abortion, a typical method of abortion at that stage of gestation

LifeSiteNews

USA/ Rep. Miranda is identified as the only Democrat to support HB 2036 so don’t get your hopes up that things are changing.  In fact the website for the Arizona Senate Democratic Caucus actually urged House and Senate Democrats to oppose this legislation.  Even so, the legislation did pass, but as expected the ACLU has gotten involved and the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted an injunction against the law going into effect.  The ACLU attorney is quoted as saying “We are relieved that the court blocked this dangerous ban and that women in Arizona will continue to be able to get safe, appropriate medical care,”

Really?  How does torturing an unborn child to death qualify in any way shape or form as safe, appropriate medical care?  And leaving politics and partisanship aside, how can any human being argue for inflicting pain on a child as they are being killed?

“Little people feel pain. Little people are alive. Little people at the twentieth week are our absolute most vulnerable. Voting on the side of the very, very most vulnerable is right. Little people don’t understand tort reform. They don’t understand medical malpractice, but this bill may save some of the littlest people. Some of the littlest people may be less at risk today because of our work, and the debate is about the little people, and with that I vote aye.”

AZ Rep. Andy Tobin

We all react when we here a child suddenly cry out in pain, but In their mother’s womb, unborn children can’t even scream so that someone will rush to their aid.  Allowing this is a national tragedy.

Is this the direction we should be heading?

 

stairing“Hu Xia was seven months pregnant with her second child when officials in Shangche township, located in Hubei province, told her she must pay a fine or undergo an abortion.

Unable to meet the financial penalty, officials at People’s Hospital gave her unborn child an injection on June 19. The child died two days later.

China’s South Metropolis Daily reported that government spokespeople said the woman acted of her own volition. But according to news reports, the mother lay motionless in bed, staring at the ceiling days after the “voluntary” procedure.”

www.lifesitenews.com

She was over 7-months pregnant.  Does anyone think she cares if the penalty was a fee or a tax?

Ensuring that nobody in our nation is denied medical care is one thing, but the setting out in the direction we are headed with President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is quite another thing.  His plan heads us towards a grim socialist future not unlike present day China.  We need to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, before it gets started and that isn’t going to happen unless President Obama is voted out of the White House.

Another Look at that Planned Parenthood Chart

care providedI’m talking about this chart that has been running around Facebook and other parts of the internet recently.  I’m certain it is showing up in response to a recent announcement by Susan G. Komen for the Cure that they would be pulling funding from Planned Parenthood(PPH).  I am not going to talk about why they pulled funding or why they have now reversed their decision, however I do want to address that chart and the misleading way that it is being used.

The chart shows that Planned Parenthood commits about 3% of it’s resources to abortion services and I don’t question it’s validity.  I do question the way that the 3% figure is used by abortion supporters.   They say things like we pro-lifers focus on the tiny little 3% and throw out all the good stuff that PPH does for women.  This was exactly the position that Joe Teehan took when he quoted this 3% number on the KGMI Morning Show with Joe & Patti and I believe the same argument was used again on his later airing Joe Show, where he interviewed local Planned Parenthood executive director Linda McCarthy.

So are they right?  Should pro-lifers ignore the 3% number as pro-abortion advocates such as Joe Teehan, Linda McCarthy and others suggest?

I’ve got to go with an emphatic NO as my answer because I don’t really care if it takes 3%, 30% or 100% of their resources each year to kill hundreds of thousands of children.   It’s like asking us to ignore a teacher who is molesting only 3 of their students because they are not molesting 97 other kids.  That’s what the people who use the 3% chart are saying to me and they are quite frankly sick.  What person in a right mental state is proud that they have become so efficient at killing unborn children, that they only have devote 3% of their resources?   WTH!  What next?  Apply “lean principles” and kill more children quicker using only 2% resources?

But set aside mental illness if you can and let’s look at the chart and data behind it in a more objective and less financial fashion.  The chart comes directly from what I believe is still the latest report out there from Planned Parenthood.  It is the same report I linked to in a previous blog post about Planned Parenthood’s access to our school age children.  Again, I don’t question the validity of the report, but an important thing to remember about the 3% of resources number does not accurately portray what goes on in the portion of PPH’s business that relates to pregnancy.  Here is some other quantity data, not financial data, from the same 2008 report that produced the 3% pie chart.

adoption versus abortion

My immediate reaction upon my first reading of the report was that Planned Parenthood had in one year participated in the murder of 324,008 unborn children.

So my second observation was that the ratio of Pregnancy Tests to Abortion Procedures is roughly 3:1.  In other words, the data shows that on average every  third pregnancy test administered resulted in Planned Parenthood aborting a child.  That is a frightening statistic in my mind and I’m actually giving PPH the benefit of the doubt since I’m assuming that all pregnancy tests were positive.  If only 1 in 3 were negative then the ratio of actual pregnancy to abortion would be 2:1.  How is that for Planned Parenthood family planning, if every other pregnant woman is given an abortion?

My next observation was also a ratio.  This time I looked at the ratio of Pregnancy Tests to Adoption Referrals and found it was roughly 462:1 and when you compare actual Abortion Procedures to Adoption Referrals the ratio is still at an astonishing 134:1.  In other words…well there aren’t any other words that can be written cleanly because PPH makes 134 referrals for the Abortion Procedure, for every 1 Adoption referral that they made.  That ratio of 134:1 tells me that Planned Parenthood has made a purposeful and conscious effort to ignore adoption.  I would expect no less from a business that performs abortions.  Remember that fact the next time someone says they are pro-choice and not pro-abortion.  Anyone who knowingly supports Planned Parenthood is not pro-choice they are pro-abortion because Planned Parenthood is 134:1 pro-abortion.

Those that are pro-abortion are not quite without “choice” though as Angie Murie, executive director of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region in Canada had this to say about “choice” when it came to abortions,

“I wrestle with gender-based abortion more than any other reason [for having an abortion]…From a macro perspective, I don’t think it is a good idea for us to be eliminating women. But if you look at it at the individual level, which is what we do, I don’t have any right to say that one person’s reason is better or worse than another’s.”

Ok, back from that little tangent.  In looking at one of those 3% charts that showed up on Facebook, I was led to the Catholicvote.org site that also had comment on the above data as well as more information that is well worth reading and they even had a few charts of their own.

catholicvote chart

 

How do you not notice that the above chart represents about 2.5 million children aborted at the hands of Planned Parenthood over the last decade or so.  And how do you not notice that in the same decade or so that the number of abortions almost doubled, the number of referrals for prenatal care and adoption has consistently fallen.  Again, how do you call that kind of performance anything but pro-abortion.

And this was an interesting pie chart,

catholicvote chart 2And here’s how Catholicvote.org interpreted the data in their pie chart.

In other words, 96.3% of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women in 2008 were abortions, and the other 3.7% were adoptions and prenatal care (I’m not a math major so someone is welcome to review my calculations).

I’ll say it again, Planned Parenthood is pro-abortion!

So when you see that Planned Parenthood pie chart floating around cyberspace, remember that the 3% is simply a financial number,nothing more, and that it doesn’t paint an accurate portrayal of Planned Parenthood.

You might also ask what I say to the Joe Teehan’s of the world?  What do I say to those who argue that Planned Parenthood is primarily about women’s health issues and that people like me need to get over the abortion thing and quit ignoring all the good things that PPH does for women?   First I say that abortion is the primary issue that I have with Planned Parenthood because they are a significant abortion provider and because abortion is at odds with the very definition of being pro-life.  Killing unborn children is a non-negotiable issue.  I challenge them to help convince Planned Parenthood to quit aborting children and then step back and watch how much support they find coming from the left, the right and the middle for all the other good stuff.  As long as Planned Parenthood is in the abortion business, pro-life people will oppose them.  The will oppose them because as much as some would like us to believe, these children are not just lumps or masses of tissue.  They don’t magically become children when they are born and there is no set date during their fetal development when they become children.   Children are surviving earlier and earlier births every day as medical science advances.  I endorse this line of thought,

“Doesn’t simple morality dictate that unless and until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is? Therefore, it is entitled to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Ronald Reagan

It really is time for our nation recognize these children as children and put an end to this barbaric practice of voluntary abortion. There is only one answer in my mind and that is to honor the both the mother’s and child’s right to live.  Leave abortion legal only as a last resort family and medical decision in the rare case where a decision must be made between the life of the child and the mother.

Really?

noticeState Senator Kevin Ranker from our local 40th district has sponsored legislation to regulate operations of pregnancy centers.  There are a lot of details, but one of the main focuses of his effort is to ensure that these pregnancy centers  “disclose that they do not provide services or referrals for abortion or comprehensive birth control.”  Really it’s not common knowledge that these pregnancy centers are an alternative to 3 decades of Planned Parenthood’s pro-abortion efforts?  We really need to demand that these centers warn their potential clients that they do not kill children?  Has anyone noticed if Senator Ranker is also sponsoring legislation demanding that Planned Parenthood identify that their facilities are equipped to kill children?  

Wrong choices for our kids

reapersantaTed Bundy spent much of his youth baby sitting his younger siblings, would you let him watch you children? 

Would you hire Dr. Jack (Death) Kevorkian for in home care of your mother? 

Knowing what we know now about these people, I think the answer would be a widespread resounding, NO!  

If that is the case then why are we not only allowing, but welcoming and paying Planned Parenthood to come into our schools and counsel our kids?

Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood hopes to reach out to 200 to 250 teens in Whatcom County over the life of [Teen Outreach Program] TOP’s implementation here, Dahlstedt-Rienstra said.

Mount Baker High School will partner with Planned Parenthood for the project in Deming. TOP also will be launched in Ferndale – possibly at Ferndale High School – at a later date.

"There’s a lot of enthusiasm about it," she said. "I think that, in light of so many other budget cuts that are happening right now, people see this as an opportunity to pick up what some have had to cut in terms of youth programming.  

www.bellinghamherald.com

As TOP’s is described by Planned Parenthood it is “an evidence-based program proven to develop the positive potential of teens by reducing unintended teen pregnancy and increasing school success.”  I’ve yet to find the exact program curricula, but I do think that the cause as stated is noble and much needed.  Who wouldn’t want more success in schools and less unintended pregnancies?  The problem with the situation is that we are hiring the wrong people to deliver this message to our kids because they have other less noble messages that may also be delivered.

Regardless of the stated intent of this program as well as the number of people Planned Parenthood has helped with contraception, cancer screening, STD treatment and pregnancy tests Planned Parenthood still performed over 300,000 abortions in 2008.  I don’t think Planned Parenthood can keep quiet on their preferred method of dealing with unborn kids anymore than the once recognize real doctor, Dr. Kevorkian can help himself from treating the elderly to an early death. 

My intent was to carry out my duty as a doctor, to end their suffering. Unfortunately, that entailed, in their cases, ending of the life.  Jack Kevorkian

Dr. Death felt he was doing his duty as a doctor by killing his patients with a “medical procedure” in the same way that Planned Parenthood seems to think they are doing a service by performing a “medical procedure” which ends the life of a child.   I think that in both cases labeling death as a medical procedure is just an easy way for them to feel better about what they are doing and who they really are.  If I thought that Planned Parenthood could administer this program with just deference to protecting life, I’d be ok with the program.  But their track record when confronted with a pregnancy reminds me too much of the Grim Reaper when confronted with souls to harvest.  He will swing his scythe, they will perform their procedures and people will die. 

In 2008, the last reporting record I find, Planned Parenthood showed that they administered just over a million pregnancy tests.  Now it may be private information how many of the test came out positive, but for perspective it should be noted that Planned Parenthood also performed about 1/3 of a million abortions during the same time period.  To put that another way, every 3rd pregnancy test resulted in Planned Parenthood performing an abortion thus ending the life of a child.   And another fast fact is that during the same year which Planned Parenthood performed the 324,008 abortions, they gave only 2,405 adoption referrals.  That’s more than 99 times that Planned Parenthood counseled an expectant mother to abort their child, for every 1 time that they referred them to an agency that would help the child live and potentially be adopted. 

I’ve also read so many times that Planned Parenthood is all about reproductive healthcare and that abortion is such a small, almost insignificant part of their program.  But almost never do I read in the media that in the cases of actual pregnancy, ending the life of the child is the much preferred service at Planned Parenthood.  The pro-abortion moniker is so easily applied.

Ted Bundy would not be the best choice in babysitters and Jack Kevorkian would not be the best choice in rest home buddies for your parents.  Asking Planned Parenthood into our schools for a long term relationship building program with our teens is just as wrong!   It’s like putting a Santa hat on the Grim Reaper.

Understanding

Earthrise.jpgTwo recent events really highlight how religion can affect a person’s view or right and wrong. First let me fly off on a tangent, no first let me fly off on a tangent about flying off on tangents before I fly off on a tangent away from the effect that religion can have on one’s perspective regarding right and wrong.

Did you ever notice after you’ve flown off on a tangent you can look back on the issue with a more broad view? I liken it to the images we see from as spacecraft fly off on a tangent away from earth and all of the sudden the world is seen dangling in space; things often don’t look the same from a tangent.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I have probably watched too much StarTrek as a child, and I’m sure my wife feels I’ve followed through with this in my adulthood. Their was an episode where the crew of the Enterprise arrive on a planet that appears peaceful, yet whose inhabitants claim they are at war.

SPOCK: Computers, Captain. They fight their war with computers. Totally.
ANAN: Yes, of course.
KIRK: Computer don’t kill a half million people.
ANAN: Deaths have been registered. Of course they have twenty four hours to report.
KIRK: To report?
ANAN: To our disintegration machines. You must understand, Captain, we have been at war for five hundred years. Under ordinary conditions, no civilisation could withstand that. But we have reached a solution.
SPOCK: Then the attack by Vendikar was theoretical.
ANAN: Oh, no, quite real. An attack is mathematically launched. I lost my wife in the last attack. Our civilisation lives. The people die, but our culture goes on.
KIRK: You mean to tell me your people just walk into a disintegration machine when they’re told to?
ANAN: We have a high consciousness of duty, Captain.
SPOCK: There is a certain scientific logic about it.
ANAN: I’m glad you approve.
SPOCK: I do not approve. I understand.

http://www.chakoteya.net/StarTrek/23.htm

Let’s read those last few lines again.

SPOCK: There is a certain scientific logic about it.
ANAN: I’m glad you approve.
SPOCK: I do not approve. I understand.

With the case of Dr. Tiller’s murder, I can understand the certain scientific logic about it. Dr. Tiller has taken and in all likelyhood would have kept on taking the lives from thousands of unborn children. Now he has been stopped dead cold in his tracks. What Scott Roeder apparently did was wrong, but I can understand the logic.

I do not approve. I understand.

By the reports I’ve read, Scott Roeder felt he was acting on God’s behalf as the follower of an religion based on Old Testament teachings. I haven’t read exactly which religion he adhered to, but there are 3 common religions that share the old roots in the Old Testament books: Islam, Judaism, and my chosen faith, Christianity. I don’t know everything regarding Islamic nor Jewish doctinal perspective on this, but would speculate that it is not part of their mainstream practices. I do have a better grasp on Christianity and find this murder to be inconsistant with what I know of Christ’s ministry while on this Earth.

The second news item I’d like to comment on is the shooting of two newly enlisted young soldiers.

Police Chief Stuart Thomas said Muhammad, previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, was a convert to Islam and was not part of any broader scheme to attack the American military. Interviews with police show he “probably had political and religious motives for the attack,”
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/352/story/932911.html

So Carlos Bledsoe, also known as Abdulhakim Muhammad, a recent convert to Islam stands accused. By all of the accounts I’ve read, this man felt he was operating on the behalf of God, or Allah in this case. It doesn’t really matter whether Allah sanctioned this action or not, the man in question thinks he was doing right by Allah when he pulled the trigger.

I don’t approve. I understand.

Both men obviously felt like they were doing right by their religion, while to me both men had obviously done wrong by all measures that I’m used to. Yet, in my belly these two actions don’t settle as entirely parallel. A small part of me wants to jump for joy over Dr. Tiller’s death and the excitement thinking of even one child who won’t die at his hand. And there is also that little part of me that might have me wringing the neck of one Carlos Bledsoe if he were within arms reach. I don’t approve either of these feelings, but I understand them.

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother[b]will be subject to judgment. Matthew 5:21-22

No matter how good any of us regard ourselves, it is the sin we all share that makes each of us close kin to the Scott Roeders and Carlos Bledsoes of this world.

I don’t approve of this sin we have in us all. I understand though, that sin exists.

And for myself, I don’t much worry about making the newspapers as these men have, because I have put my faith not in my abilty to overcome sin, but in Christ’s ability to overcome sin. He is the only one who has beaten it completely, so He seems the most appropriate mentor.

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